I read an interesting article lately and thought to share this..This has been the question I have been asking myself for the past years and believe me I am still getting answers every single day..
Not only do those who have discovered their purpose in life find the everyday to be more enjoyable and less stressful, but now there is clear evidence that they live longer as well.
As the article points out, the definition of one’s purpose is open to a wide interpretation, and still, those who had found a self-motivating force to do, create, live and share, had a 15% lower risk of death.
Examples of one’s purpose:
- determination to do your job well, no matter what the job
- providing for your family’s security and happiness
- contributing to social change
- sharing your creative talent with the world (painting, singing, writing, dance, speaking)
- any pursuit that fuels you endlessly, doesn’t hurt others, and taps into a deeper passion or talent that to silence would be a form of death of your authentic self
As you can see, each one of us will find a different purpose. Some may choose to work tirelessly for their community, others may tinker away in their office on projects of creativity, and still others may step up to the podium, finding the courage within to speak out for change.
Whatever your purpose is, finding it acts as a sort of protectant against stress, and when we reduce our stress, we reduce our risk of heart disease and other health ailments that are exacerbated by excessive strain on our internal machine that works tirelessly to keep us up and running.
So my question to you; have you found your purpose and if so what is your purpose?